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OVCAC hosting first North Iowa Autism Summit

Opportunity Village Children’s Autism Center (OVCAC) will host the inaugural North Iowa Autism Summit on June 17, an educational event designed for professionals in the field and families of children with autism spectrum disorders.

The summit will be held at the Kinney Lindstrom Center on Opportunity Village’s Clear Lake campus, located at 1200 N. 9th St. W. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the summit kicks off at 9 a.m.

The summit will feature sessions with several doctorate-level professionals covering a variety of subjects that affect children with autism, their families, and those who support them.

Registration is $30 for professionals and $15 for families with children with autism. Individuals may register in-person the day of the event for $40. Lunch is included in the registration cost.


8 - 9 a.m.: Registration

9 - 9:15 a.m.: Welcome
Jeff Nichols, Opportunity Village

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.: Session #1
Autism evaluation and intervention for associated complex behavioral and emotional challenges
Travis Thompson, Ph.D., LP, University of Minnesota

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Session #2
Behavioral treatments and overlapping anxiety, tics, and obsessive-compulsive (and related) disorders: Where do we start?
Jamie Kremsreiter, Ph.D., NCSP, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

12 - 1 p.m.: Lunch (provided)

1 - 2:15 p.m.: Session #3
Food selectivity and mealtime problem behaviors: What are they and how can we treat them?
Thomas Mulderink, Ph.D, Kennedy Krieger Institute

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.: Session #4
Behavior as communication: Addressing problem behavior in home and school settings
Jesse Logue, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LCP; Opportunity Village Children’s Autism Center

3:45 - 4 p.m.: Closing remarks
Christina Maulsby, Opportunity Village Children’s Autism Center